About A470 Soaring

This is the blog for a few guys who spend their time flying radio controlled gliders, or slope soarer's, from the many and varied slopes around SE Wales.

This usually begins at the northern end of Cardiff, driving north up the A470 up to the Heads of the Valley's and the southern fringe of the Brecon Beacons. But the A470 road continues its windy way all the way to N Wales.

There are many slopes available for most wind directions, the most famous being the area between Nant-y-Moel and Treorchi known as The Bwlch, which has some of the best slopes and flying in Europe with many F3F competitions being held there each year and visited by many fliers from Europe and around the world. At 1500 feet (450m) above sea level, there is usually more wind than not, and certainly more than at sea level.

If you require any further information, are new to slope soaring or are visiting the area, please contact Steve at steve.houghton59@gmail.com . I look forward to hearing from you.

Take a look at Page 2 (look below and to the left here) for Google maps of our most popular Flying Sites.

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Mickey's Magic

Last Sunday I met up with Big Phil, Wayne, Mark and Chris, the usual suspects on Mickey's at the Bwlch. The wind was light but we still had some good flying.

Chris had bought a Mini Graphite 1.9m which he successfully maidened. This is a marvellous little  plane which will fly in a gnats fart or in stronger winds. It's fast, agile, but most of all it's fun.

Here is a video of some of the action.

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